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Fresh Meat. Image shows from L to R: Kingsley (Joe Thomas), Vod (Zawe Ashton), Josie (Kimberley Nixon), JP (Jack Whitehall), Howard (Greg McHugh), Oregon (Charlotte Ritchie). Copyright: Objective Productions / Lime Pictures.

Fresh Meat

Channel 4 comedy drama. 30 episodes (4 series), 2011 - 2016. Stars Jack Whitehall, Joe Thomas, Charlotte Ritchie, Kimberley Nixon, Zawe Ashton, Greg McHugh, Tony Gardner and others.

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Louisa Mellor, Den of Geek, 6th October 2016

We say a fond farewell and rather a sad goodbye to the students of Manchester Medlock University in the final episode of Fresh Meat. As a massive fan of all four series of the comedy drama I was hoping for a satisfying finale and thankfully I wasn't disappointed. The episode started with all of the gang, bar second year Josie (Kimberley Nixon), learning their final grades for their course. Most got what they were expecting with the exception of Vod (Zawe Ashton) who achieved a 2:1 and Oregon (Charlotte Ritchie) who got a 2:2 despite her feeling that she deserved a better grade. There was also good news for Howard (Greg McHugh) as he achieved his dream of a first and a job at Ordnance Survey however he briefly believed that all of his housemates would be coming with him. Luckily after working at Vod's graduation ball, which was moved to their house, Howard acquired the social skills he needed to live with other people. Elsewhere Josie finally realised that she had feelings for JP (Jack Whitehall) especially after he finally stood up to his brother and rejected an offer of the job at his bank. Instead JP hoped to live his dream of being an estate agent and if he was really being able to drive one of those minis. I do feel that everybody pretty much got what they deserved and the extra scene that was available online saw all of the boys living together whilst Vod and Oregon were in Laos researching the latter's novel. I did worry that writer Tony Roche would have a lot to get through but I think he gave each character an equal amount of time however I felt that this final episode deserved a little more than fifty minutes to wrap everything up. As is always the way with Fresh Meat, the comic moments were incorporated with elements of drama such as JP standing up to Tomothy and Oregon finally revealing her true self to her parents. My favourite revelation of this final episode had to be the fact that Howard actually lived two streets away from the share house and that his annoying parents kept trying to invite the rest of the gang round. Overall I feel that all six of the cast members have benefited from their time on Fresh Meat and most have already gone on to bigger and better things. So while I've enjoyed spending time with the gang over the past four and bit years I feel it's best that we never return to see what these characters are up to again as it would spoil for what has been in my opinion an almost perfect series.

Matt, The Custard TV, 2nd April 2016

Greg McHugh: Fresh Meat could return as film

"If they came to me and said 'we want to do a one-off special', I'd bite their hand off".

Huw Fullerton, The Radio Times, 31st March 2016

Fresh Meat: What jobs would they get in London?

Fresh Meat is over, and it's time for the residents of Hartnell Avenue to make a go of it in the real world. Howard's plan for 'House 2' in Colliers Wood might have been brushed aside, but like countless graduates, we reckon most of the Fresh Meat massive would end up in London. What kind of jobs could they expect to find in the capital? Here's our careers advice.

Will Noble, Londonist, 29th March 2016

Fresh Meat finale: social media reaction

Fresh Meat ended and everyone either cried or freaked out.

Ellie Walker-Arnott, The Radio Times, 29th March 2016

Farewell, Fresh Meat - and good luck in the real world.

The student houseshare sitcom wasn't just a daft comedy. It was a surprisingly moving elegy to the very idea of university - even if our heroes were left with crippling debt and zero job prospects.

Abigail Chandler, The Guardian, 28th March 2016

The superlative student sitcom bows out after four series as the gang get their results, attend graduation and stage one last hurrah in the form of alternative end-of-year ball Vodstock. As well as capturing the minutiae of undergrad life with astounding accuracy, the show has also managed to simulate the experience of university itself: you're parachuted into a cast of weird new characters, over the years you grow to love them unconditionally and, finally, everyone just goes home and all you're left with is nostalgic reminiscence.

Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian, 28th March 2016

Fresh Meat cast say there is NO movie in the works

The Fresh Meat cast have denied that there is a film in the works.

Sarah Dean, Metro, 24th March 2016

The secret weapon of this student sitcom is its surprisingly big heart. It's every bit as good at revealing the sweetness of early adult friendships as it is at mocking their absurdities. This fourth season has continued to revel in the hopelessness of Kingsley, Oregon, Vod et al. But there's always an underlying poignancy, too, thanks to the increasing proximity of the real world and the housemates' utter lack of readiness for it.

The Guardian, 21st March 2016

Only one day to go before the housemates' final exams, Josie announces through a rolled-up magazine while everyone else is trying to stress-masturbate. Only Howard and Oregon are revising, though, and even they're not ready for the enormity of moving to London to do a boring job. Time for a group heart-to-heart, which Vod helpfully organises by causing the gang to become locked in their own basement. It's the penultimate episode, but they're all still trapped, in more ways than one.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 21st March 2016

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